"A surprisingly strong offering, this blend of 75% Merlot, 17% Cabernet Franc, 6% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 2% Malbec exhibits raspberry, blueberry, floral, and mineral-like aromas along with subtle notes of toasty oak, medium body, and an elegant personality. Not a wine of power or huge extraction, it will offer finesse, purity, and elegance over the next 10-15 years.
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Wine Advocate # 149
Oct 2003 Robert Parker (90-93) Drink 2005 - 2019 $39-$60
A blend of 75% Merlot, 17% Cabernet Franc (from vines planted before 1942), 6% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 2% Malbec, this is a wine of extraordinary elegance, precision, and pure, concentrated fruit. From an ancient vineyard that escaped the devastating frosts of 1956, 1961, 1985, and 1991, it sees a cold maceration as well as fanatical attention to detail both in the vineyard and the winery. The complex aromas include the entire blueberry/blackberry fruit spectrum as well as scents of violets (or is it acacia flowers?). One of the most complete 2002 St.-Emilions, it is a beautifully textured, extremely pure, medium-bodied, elegant effort handsomely wrapped in subtle toasty oak. This beauty does not have the power of the 2000, or the flesh and fat of the 1998, but it should hit its peak in 2-3 years, and last for 14-16."